George Honored with Walsh Dissertation Award
PhD alum Kemi George '11 has just received the 2012 Virginia M. Walsh Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association's Science, Technology and Environmental Politics section. The award recognizes the best dissertation in science, technology, and environmental politics finished within the past two years.
George's dissertation, Transnational Networks and the Promotion of Conservationist Norms in Developing Countries, explores why transnational networks can sometimes influence environmental projects.
According to David Konisky, chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Politics section, "[George's] argument--that economic arguments do not win the day in persuading governments and other key actors to undertake biodiversity protection--is a very important finding and potentially has large implications for how biodiversity projects are "done" through International Organizations (IOs), national governments and civil society." He continues: "The focus on implementation in developing countries is critical for biodiversity and sorely needed in the literature. [George] has gathered a huge amount of data through project documents and interviews across the cases of Jamaica, Mexico and Egypt, and uses it systematically to evaluate his hypotheses. George also does a thorough job of assessing an alternative explanation and is honest about its relative explanatory contribution."
Geroge is currently an assistant professor at Middlebury College.